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Surrounded by friends and relatives from throughout North Dakota, Ted Hochhalter celebrated his 100th birthday Thursday at Legacy Place.
Born Feb. 7, 1913 on a farm south of New Leipzig, Hochhalter farmed all of his life, said his son, Harvey Hochhalter.
Tedâ€™s mind is sharp as a tack, but said it is hard for him to hear.
Harvey said his father spent a short time working with apples in Yakima, Wash., then returned to farm in North Dakota.
â€śHe rented the land for a couple of years, then bought the farm about 18 miles south of New Leipzig,â€ť Harvey said. â€śI was born in Yakima, but I didnâ€™t live there very long.â€ť
Ted retired from farming in 1979, and moved to Lemmon, S.D. â€śMy mother died in 1993, and dad lived alone until December of 2009 when he moved here (to Legacy Place),â€ť Harvey said.
Harvey lives in a Legacy Place twin home. He moved to Valley City in 1973, working for what is now the Wells Fargo bank.
Harvey said he is his fatherâ€™s sole surviving child.
â€śI had a younger brother, but he passed away in 1995,â€ť Harvey said.